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GENERAL GEORGE C. KENNEY SIGNED WWII BOOK PHOTO OF HE AND GENERAL MACARTHUR ON THEIR FAMOUS RETURN TO LIBERATE THE PHILIPPINES OCTOBER 1944

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GENERAL GEORGE C. KENNEY SIGNED WWII BOOK PHOTO OF HE AND GENERAL MACARTHUR ON THEIR FAMOUS RETURN TO LIBERATE THE PHILIPPINES OCTOBER 1944

GENERAL GEORGE C. KENNEY SIGNED WWII BOOK PHOTO, "George C. Kenney/Gen USAF", 9 x 6, B/W, of he and General Douglas MacArthur, General Sutherland, Philippines President Osmena and Colonel Romulo, on Leyte Gulf, on their famous return to liberate the Phillippines, 20 October 1944. This event was a defining moment of WWII as MacArthur famously announced "I have returned". In fine condition. 

GEORGE C. KENNEY was a fighter pilot during WWI who flew over 70 combat missions and is credited with two aerial victories, winning both the Silver Star and the Distinguished Service Cross. Between the wars he was responsible for the development of a technique for mounting .30 caliber machine guns on the wings of a DH.4. He later taught classes of attack aviation at the Air Corps Tactical School.  He rose to the rank of a United States Army Air Forces General during WWII. He is best known as the commander of the Allied Air Forces and Fifth Air Force in General Douglas MacArthur's Southwest Pacific Area (SWPA), a position he held from August 1942-45. He made the D-Day landings with General MacArthur...when he returned to the Philippines and also went ashore with him at Labuan in Brunei BayBorneo on 10 June 1945. He was known for his command structure, use of new weapons, and attack aviation tactics. His greatest victory was at the Battle of the Bismarck Sea, in March 1943. Following which he was appointed commander of the Far East Air Forces (FEAF), which came to include the Fifth, Thirteenth, and Seventh Air Forces. The ultimate challenge was to integrate air power with MacArthur's strategy. After the war he became the first commander of the newly formed Strategic Air Command (SAC). He was replaced in that position by General Curtis LeMay and  served as commander of the Air University for the last three years of active service.

$275   #10645  (ALSO SEE ITEM #10199 WITH KENNEY TALKING ABOUT THE LANDING)